How B-movies art influenced his work in films and games
What comes to mind when you think of B-movie art?
Undeniably the art of Drew Struzan and Graham Humphreys comes to mind when thinking about B-movies. Films such as Big Trouble in Little China, Mad Max – those posters were great and gave you a glimpse into what was in store for you. I always loved the poster for Fright Night as well. It’s stunning work.
What does the perfect B-movie poster look like?
The perfect poster should be well executed, not just procedural. Oblivion was an amazing poster that was recently done. But, mostly, posters these days lack the imagination and fun that the 80s brought. My first job was in the movie theatre: my co-workers and I would constantly collect them and critique posters. Posters today don’t have as much love put into them. Candykiller is an artist I follow and he's defiantly bringing some of the old magic back with his style (
www.candykiller.com). What can artists today learn from those posters?
Films have had such a strong hold over me since I was 12. Growing up in that era has not only influenced my art, it made me want to help create worlds that people can escape to. That element of escapism is important. Movie posters always seemed larger than life, with amazing composition and bold colours. They sucked you into their world. So, composition, imagination and colour theory are central. Tease the audience without giving everything away. It’s a fine line when it’s been done before. But let’s do it again and do it better.